About a month ago I ran an eBay search on Panasonic WJ 545P and got a low starting price hit, I then had a peek at the sellers other listings and saw this.
As it would turn out, no one else saw fit to have a go at anything I bid on that day.
So in my recent fit of video allocation, I have essentially ignored the protests of that part of my brain that deals with the logistics of spatial order and have migrated from a critical mass NO BUY frame of mind to a "Holy shit! Cool stuff!!" free for all buying marathon.
I do believe this (as in, the growing video pile, not just this particular device) will force my hand at culling the herd a little bit.
BNC interface, with a hinge..
The rear access guts only go so deep. I'd love a shot of the gear reduced wipe controls, but until I actually start digging into this with repair on my mind I'm going to limit the exploration to easy access.
More guts topside. Circa 1977, this is always what I sort of expected to see when cracking open video gear, but to date the majority of circuitry I've seen has been discrete.
Power up carried both good and bad news. It powered up... Also, running the wipe varied indicator light intensity of each input block in relation to position of handle, indicating proper function of that branch.
However, the preview & program output channel selectors (lit at lower left) were unresponsive, and the program bus appears spread out across four channels. Granted, I'm only going on lamp indicators and not observed signal path.
The wide range of video signal types, available simultaneously (I'll get to that device soon enough) coupled with simple tricks such as this truly make video a fascinating format.